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    Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs @ New Orleans Hornets

    San Antonio Spurs @ New Orleans Hornets

    New Orleans Arena
    January 7th, 7:00pm Spurs Time
    TV: FSSW - RADIO: 1200 AM WOAI


    'Coach, we've got an issue with Kawhi in the arena. Event management called and the lights are not on, and Kawhi's in the arena for two straight days at 6:30 in the morning. And he brought two lamps from home, and he put them up in the arena and shot.'

    ^

    (During NBA lockout)

    "No flash, No gimmicks. It's the quiet guys you should fear."


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    Looks like Jack is expected to play tonight.

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    DUNCAN EXPECTS A TOUGH HORNETS TEAM
    Written by Jose Grijalva


    With 19 wins separating the San Antonio Spurs (27-9) and the New Orleans Hornets (8-25), it should be an easy win from a fan's standpoint.

    From a player's standpoint, Tim Duncan knows better and his San Antonio Spurs aren't going to think underestimate the Hornets.

    Their coach, Monty Williams, comes from the Spurs' organization and was influenced by Duncan's head coach Gregg Popovich. If Monty is anything close to Pop, the Spurs know that they'll have a Hornets team ready to play despite their record:

    "They are a very well coached and they're coached to play hard. They have some really good talent."

    The Hornets have been a challenge to San Antonio the last two meetings this season, both games were extremely close at the end.

    In game one, the Spurs squeaked by with a 99-95 win and an equally close 99-94 win in game two. The Hornets were without their star shooting guard Eric Gordon and he's slowly getting into playing shape with more minutes.

    It'll be a difficult task for San Antonio since they haven't played the Hornets with Gordon in their lineup and that'll change their offense and defense significantly. Their youth is what makes them dangerous on the court, which brings an energy San Antonio can't match with their veteran core.

    Duncan knows that they are at a disadvantage against the Hornets and they'll command respect.

    "We're going to respect them and go in there and hopefully play well against them."

    Nothing is a given in the NBA, especially for the Spurs who have had the experience of witnessing large leads and series leads disappear from them. This veteran squad and its mix of youth will play the Hornets smart and the respect factor is the key to that.

    Duncan and his Spurs have to use their veteran smarts against Anthony Davis and his Hornets' inexperience. The Spurs will get their open shots and they're not guaranteed to fall every night.

    That's happened to the Spurs plenty of time. Duncan knows when he said they "hope to play well against them," the defense will play the biggest role and that's how the Spurs will show their respect for the Hornets.


    'Coach, we've got an issue with Kawhi in the arena. Event management called and the lights are not on, and Kawhi's in the arena for two straight days at 6:30 in the morning. And he brought two lamps from home, and he put them up in the arena and shot.'

    ^

    (During NBA lockout)

    "No flash, No gimmicks. It's the quiet guys you should fear."


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    Quote Originally Posted by kdspurman View Post
    Looks like Jack is expected to play tonight.
    lol nice vid.


    'Coach, we've got an issue with Kawhi in the arena. Event management called and the lights are not on, and Kawhi's in the arena for two straight days at 6:30 in the morning. And he brought two lamps from home, and he put them up in the arena and shot.'

    ^

    (During NBA lockout)

    "No flash, No gimmicks. It's the quiet guys you should fear."


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    MATCHUP OF THE GAME: SPURS VS. HORNETS
    Written by Jose Grijalva


    The matchup of the game between the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Hornets will be between shooting guards Manu Ginobili and Eric Gordon.

    The Spurs saw a glimpse of a vintage Manu in their last game against the Philadelphia 76ers with an energetic dunk and between the legs passes for assists. Eric Gordon has been a pleasant welcome for the Hornets as he's missed a big part of the season and is barely making his way back from a knee injury. Gordon is averaging 16ppg along with 4apg while Ginobili has struggled for most of the season with 12ppg and 4apg. He hasn't gotten in a groove this season, so the Spurs are hoping they can see a repeat performance of the Sixers game.

    What Ginobili must do on offense:

    He has to play like the Manu of old. He doesn't have to be the player that used to cut every time to the basket and throw his body at a defender for a foul since he's not as quick and more injury prone with age. He has to be aggressive and get in the paint to kick out the ball to open shooters. If he can get good screens, he'll be able to get in the middle of the paint and have an advantage of scoring or looking for an open teammate with the defense rotating.

    What Ginobili must do on defense:

    Manu has to force Gordon to shoot. Even though he's averaging a good amount of points already, Gordon is shooting just 32% from the floor. If Ginobili can force Gordon to use the knee that he hurt on drives, he might disrupt Gordon's game since he probably isn't too comfortable just yet. Gordon is also just shooting 23% from the three point line, so playing back may be the best decision Ginobili and the Spurs can make against the Hornets' superstar shooting guard. The worst case scenario would be Gordon making the first few three pointers, but the Spurs can chase him off from the line and still recover to the point to not allow him a close shot. Gordon would have to get out of his shooting funk against a good defensive team that has improved their perimeter defense for the Hornets to win this game.


    'Coach, we've got an issue with Kawhi in the arena. Event management called and the lights are not on, and Kawhi's in the arena for two straight days at 6:30 in the morning. And he brought two lamps from home, and he put them up in the arena and shot.'

    ^

    (During NBA lockout)

    "No flash, No gimmicks. It's the quiet guys you should fear."


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    Vasquez top 3 in AST!


    'Coach, we've got an issue with Kawhi in the arena. Event management called and the lights are not on, and Kawhi's in the arena for two straight days at 6:30 in the morning. And he brought two lamps from home, and he put them up in the arena and shot.'

    ^

    (During NBA lockout)

    "No flash, No gimmicks. It's the quiet guys you should fear."


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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexTmz2 View Post
    lol nice vid.
    Thanks

    Slow start, but they'll pick it up.

    0-4 in 3's and 7 turnovers and down 5.

    The 3's will start to drop. Maybe Neal will be the spark, or Jack

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    Duncan and Davis are battling. Love it

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